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Nov 11, 2012 6:30pm EST
the biographer paula broadwell. >> at the top spy master david petraeus must have known something about clandestined operations but why couldn't keep his secret affair with paula broadwell under cover. the romance unraveled in a woman in california jill kelley who was familiar with broadwell and petraeus received a training and harassing email. she notified the f.b.i. that began an investigation worried that the official email account had been compromised. the trail led back to the computer of paula broadwell. yet it was not compromised security. but two people in a compromising position described as, quote human drama, including intimate transbe actions. >> there had been rumors between him and paula broadwell for some time and she didn't seem the type. >> friends know her not just for her good looks but good works. >> someone as busy as she is takes the time to help somebody like me, there's not much time left for indiscretions. >> this active duty wounded warrior and double amputee. last week she was scheduled to skydive for a 40th birthday but donate
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Nov 13, 2012 11:00pm EST
afghanistan and tampa ey.ialite jill kell we're following every development. this is video of paula broadwell. dianne feinstein wants to note exactly what kind of paula broadwell been privy to. other lawmakers want to hear what petraeus knew about the attacks in benghazi. paula broadwell is seen for the since news of the affair that brought down david petraeus. biographer is seen having some int her brother the district tonight. in theer brother's home district site. was certainlynt s informedwhen he wa about the situation. twist in the scandal has put a harsh light on another four-star general, john allen. he is being investigated 20,000-30,000 e- himself and jill kelley. those on capitol hill are attempting to stay on task. not have any reason to think there are any national issues. >> the attack on benghazi has taken a back seat. petraeus may still find himself facing the senate intelligence committee. of has a great deal we need it.that >> the generals' confirmation hearings were set for thursday are now on hold. joe kelly has lawyer up. has hired the same man who represented president cl
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Nov 14, 2012 4:00am EST
exploded on to the headlines, paula broadwell shows herself, clearly not hiding anymore. new details in a live report. >>> breaking overnight, another recall for toyota. millions of cars on the list because of steering problems. even the popular prius. >>> bus brawl. in view overnight. the rush hour dust-up between the passenger and the driver. that driver, now in serious trouble. >>> and it's one creative punishment. a woman who drove on the sidewalk, forced to hold a sign, calling her an idiot. the judge now deciding that punishment wasn't enough. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. we begin with new details about the women of the women at the center of the scandal involving david petraeus, paula broadwell. >> since word broke she was the other woman. and we're learning more about the background of tampa socialite, jill kelly. >> reporter: good morning. it has been days since the scandal started. new, it seems there's new twists every day. not just one, but two powerful men are enangtangled in all thi. the fbi and cia are expected to brief lawmakers on exactly what they know abo
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Nov 13, 2012 7:00am EST
overnight on paula broadwell's home. >>> two stranded on mt. rainier. sending distress calls from a snow cave. searchers racing to track them down before it's too late. >>> businessman on the run. we know him as the man who developed the software that protects our computers. now, he's wanted in relation to a murder. >>> and meet this young sensation in this explosive holiday music video. but this is the latest contender for worst song ever? she's getting face, whether you like it or not. >>> good morning, everyone. hello to robin. as you all know, he's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. you need a flow chart to keep track of the sex scandal. it's cost david petraeus his job. and now, overnight, the commanding generalf american forces in afghanistan, general john allen, you see him right there. he's implicated, as well. 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails, to jill kelly. >> the fbi agent you just mentioned has been removed from the case, for sending revealing pictures of himself to that whistleblower. the scandal is growing. and it's resolving around the actions of paula broadwell.
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Nov 13, 2012 4:00am EST
at the home of petraeus' former mistress, paula broadwell, leaving early this morning with several boxes. this, after the fbi told abc news they discovered thousands of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus, detailing the affair. >> in his universe, this moral failing is unacceptable and renders him unworthy of continuing this position of responsibility for the nation. >> reporter: the affair came to light over the summer, as part of an fbi investigation that began after jill kelly received threatening e-mails she believed from broadwell. >> the fbi, that's an investigation. and they realized they had general petraeus caught up in some fashion. and that caused them to take it all the way through to see what they really had. >> reporter: officials say broadwell had classified material on her computer, which is illegal. but the fbi does not believe any of it came from petraeus. no charges have been filed against her. controversy over how the investigation was conducted has engulfed washington. members of congress want to know why the fbi and the attorney general waited until this pt wednesday t
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Nov 11, 2012 8:00am EST
petraeus. it was an affair between petraeus and his biographer paula broadwell. broadwell had access to petraeus. when he was running the war in afghanistan. >> they trusted me. i was able to get great access. i got to know his family and his mentors. >> reporter: confirmed as a director more than a year ago. several sources tell abc news that it was an e-mail that unravelled the affair. a couple of months ago, a woman apparently in the tampa area, with a association with david petraeus, received a strange and harassing e-mail she not mied the fbi, which launched the investigation. the e-mail was traced back to the computer of paula broadwell. but what agents found instead of a compromised account, were salacious e-mails between petraeus and broadwell. >> there had been rumors of an affair between him and broadwell for some time. >> he has written a book about petraeus that will be released next year. >> but, frankly, i didn't believe them and neither did just about anybody else i knew. he just didn't seem the type. >> reporter: martha raddatz reports that some of his afghanistan sta
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Nov 14, 2012 2:35am EST
this is "world news now." > >>> good morning, everybody. well paula broadwell was seen just last night in washington through the window of her brother's house. good morning on this wednesday. i'm rob nelson. >> yeah, she was sipping on wine, looked some what relaxed. >> probably needs a drink. >> i'm the other paula, paula faris, very uncomfortable with all this talk. details this morning about the other woman in the story, referring to jill kelley. we may hear from president obama about it all today as well. >> his first news conference since being re-elected. you can imagine this will be high on the press corps' agenda for sure. >>> two guys safely back with their families after a few harrowing and rather cold days on one of the continent's highest mountains. hear from them in just a second. >> then from california it was a pretty rude awakening for some residents thanks to tens of thousand of gallons of waltter. lots of dirt. when you put the two together you are pretty much getting more mud than anyone should have to deal with. >> look at that. talk about pressure -- the golfer who
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Nov 13, 2012 6:30pm EST
friendly relationships with top military brass. the fbi traced those e-mails back to paula broadwell's computer, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with david petraeus. but it doesn't stop there. abc news has learned that general allen also received an anonymous e-mail traced to paula broadwell, painting jill kelley as a seductress. a further look by the fbi into kelley's e-mails revealed hundreds between kelley and allen, 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communications in all. but a source familiar with the e-mails say they contain no evidence of a sexual relationship, something allen strongly denied. instead, the e-mails are described as friendly, perhaps flirty, but routine, mostly about meetings with ambassadors and dinner parties. in one note kelley tells the general she saw him on tv. he responds, "thanks, dear, you're a sweetheart." many e-mails were from kelley to general allen's wife. the two couples were good friends. >> until someone proves otherwise, i believe that he did nothing inappropriate. >> reporter: today the white house says the president obama sti
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Nov 13, 2012 2:35am EST
. >>> in major developments, fbi agents at paula broadwell's north carolina home last night. abc's larry jacobs has that part of the story. >> reporter: officials entered the house of paula broadwell and left with several boxes. this new development after an official told abc news that the fbi discovered hundred if not thousand of e-mails between david petraeus and paula broadwell on her computer, sordid e-mails detailed their affair and led to petraeus' downfall as cia director. >> in his universe, this moral failure is unacceptable and renders him unworthy of continuing the position. >> reporter: the affair is a moral failing, not a civilian crime. it could be a military one. petraeus can be tried under military law for adultery if the affair started while he was general running the afghanistan campaign. >> every indication and certainly my understanding from him is the affair did not begin while he was in the army. there were worrisome signs while he was in uniform working in afghanistan. >> reporter: paula broadwell flew to the war zone six times after granted extraordinary access to write
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Nov 10, 2012 7:00am EST
turned to his biographer, paula broadwell. >> i think it was a good distraction from the war. >> reporter: petraeus had been the public face of two wars. one of the architects of the successful surge in iraq, which helped bring the war there to an end. from iraq to afghanistan. then, the call to head the cia. >> are you ready to come back? ready for the cia? >> i feel very fortunate to have been provided such an opportunity to continue to serve and contribute, if confirmed. >> reporter: as he took over cia, holly, his wife of 37 years, stood by his side, as she had done so many times before. the two had met at west point. she was from a long line of army royalty. her great, great grandfather fought in the civil war. her own father was a retired four-star general. the president phrased the direct director's dead dedication and patriotism. and his thoughts were with dave and holly petraeus. now, it's the petraeus family that faces the strain of a deeply personal failure. but the nation's top spy has the to be above reproach. he had to go. such a revelation was simply devastating. bianna? >>
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Nov 12, 2012 4:00am EST
-mails were linked back to paula broadwell who had access to petraeus in afghanistan as his official biographer. the 40-year-old broadwell lives in charlotte, north carolina with her husband and two kids. she's an avid runner and said they bonded during the trips to afghanistan. >> it was an opportunity to interview him on a run. i thought i'd test him but he was going to testle me. >> reporter: petraeus is claiming at fair with broadwell did not begin in afghanistan but after he retired in 2011. one week later he became director of the cia, meaning he carried on the affair during most of his tenure at the cia. friends say petraeus ended the affair about four months ago. the white house was not aware of the situation until last week. on thursday, petraeus met with the president and offered his resignation. >> it just doesn't add up that the fbi would carry on this type of investigation without bringing it to the president or the highest levels of the white house. >> the choice of paula broadwell to write petraeus' biography did raise a new eyebrows, considering she had never written
ABC
Nov 12, 2012 11:35pm EST
paula broadwell exclusive and extraordinary access to pen his biography, he likely never imagined it would lead to his downfall. but tonight, his reputation is solid, the fbi is under scrutiny and agents have descended on broadwell's home to gather more material. material broadwell is now willingly providing them in this increasingly strange scandal. the affair first came to light this summer as part of an fbi investigation prompted by a complaint from this woman, jill kelly, a private citizen and military supporter who had befriended petraeus and his wife holly. kelly received harassing e-mails from an anonymous account and took them to a friend at the fbi in may or june. the bureau obtained a court order and electronically traced the accounts to petraeus' biographer. broadwell eventually turned her computer over to the fbi. they were stunned to discover hundreds if not thousands of e-mails some salacious between petraeus and broadwell. >> and the fbi, that's why they call it a preliminary investigation, and realized they had general petraeus caught up in this in some form or fas
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Nov 14, 2012 12:00pm EST
was with paula broadwell. or a female extenders' created any threat to national security. >> it is very important that they do look into this. >> leon panetta says while the investigation is ongoing, people should reserved judgment. >> no one should lead to any conclusions. he has my continued confidence. >> a first view of paula broadwell. neither woman said to be and what is speaking out but we do feel from kelley in a 911 a call. >> i am a council general. i have inviolability. so i should -- addition not be able to cross my property. >> all of this a major distraction for the hearings on the hill this week of the attack in benghazi. even though he resigned from his post, david petraeus now agreed to testify about the attacks. >> i know you are interested in hearing from him. >> when david petraeus el testify remains unclear. pan and john allen's promotion has been put on hold. back to you. >> thank you. the abc 7 wed team has put up a special photo gallery to help you track all of the key players. you can find it right now on wjla.com. >> united states military now demoting the former head of
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Nov 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
to the about paula broadwell. >> she was supposed to be in washington this weekend for a 40th birthday party for her brother. she may be subpoenaed to come to d.c. to answer questions about the petraeus affair. this was apparently intended for them to see. dad loves a mom. when news broke of the affair, the radiologist scott, and his wife moved to little washington, virginia. now, the family is in seclusion at of congress investigate whether laws were broken between paula broadwell and david petraeus. >> he has had many hurdles in his life. have been many assignments worked they thought it was a disaster. >> she often accompanied him on military aircraft and went in afghanistan, "she would stay for several weeks or more in the special headquarters in kabul where she would have not been reserved a special quarters reserved for visiting dignitaries." did taxpayers foot the bill? the senate intelligence committee sources we spoke to say they do not know the answer yet but plan to find out. pentagon officials did not return a call. congressional investigators also want to know more about classi
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Nov 12, 2012 6:30pm EST
and paula broadwell on her computer, an affair that petraeus is claiming did not begin until he left the army. a friend close to petraeus says the general was "shocked and surprised" to learn broadwell had been sending anonymous threatening e-mails to jill kelley, the petraeus family friend who was so alarmed by the e-mails, she called the fbi. those friends also tell us the general's wife, holly petraeus, is furious with her husband. you see her here at his confirmation hearings back in august of 2011, broadwell sitting just a few seats away. petraeus insists they weren't having an affair then, which leads us to the first big question -- when did the affair begin? petraeus' friends claim it started around november 2011, two months after he took over the cia, an important point, since he could be tried under military law for adultery. >> it didn't begin when he was in the army. >> reporter: but many who know the general suspect it began months earlier in afghanistan. it was september 2010 that broadwell made her first of six visits to petraeus in the warzone after being granted extra
ABC
Nov 14, 2012 7:00am EST
of the mistress at the center of the storm. paula broadwell, still silent, as the secretary of defense, defends the top american general caught in the scandal, overnight. >>> breaking overnight, a plane with three pilots onboard crash into a house and burst into flames. a narrow escape for the woman inside. now, new clues about what caused the crash. >>> lottery scam. the elaborate sting to capture two brothers who scammed a father of two out of a winning ticket. the two brothers are under arst. the father on top of the world. how lottery officials pulled it off. >>> now, look who has gone "gangnam." the psy surprise, appearing with madonna in front of 25,000 fans. music's biggest superstar, turning up the heat with the hottest star on the planet last night. ♪ >>> happy wednesday. we have a lot of new and exclusive details pouring in on the cia sex scandal. it's caused general petraeus his job at the cia. american's top commander in afghanistan under investigation. we're going to show you, tampa socialite jill kelly on tuesday. it all started with her. there's so many questions about her clai
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Nov 14, 2012 6:00am EST
, we are getting a first glimpse learning that paula broadwell could be right here in d.c. eating and drinking at her brother's d.c. home, a first look at paula broadwell since word of her alleged affair with now former c.i.a. director, david petraeus. we are seeing one woman said to be involved, but we're hearing from another. in a 9121 call obtained by abc news, joe kelley tells tampa dispatchers she needs diplomatic protection because she's an honorary counsel to south korea, an unofficial position. >> because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have in viability, i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection as well but now -- >> officials uncovered thousands of emails described as flirtatious between kelley and general john allen. amidst all of this allen's possible promotion to become nato supreme scommander has been put on hold. >> the president thinks very highly of general allen and his service to his country, as well as the job he has done in afghanistan. >> and speaking of that job in afghanistan, he's expected to
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Nov 14, 2012 12:00am EST
with this woman, whose name is paula broadwell. all right. now, nobody knew about this until paula broadwell sent some vaguely threatening e-mails to this woman, jill kelly. i'll write jill there. a social hostess for the military who lives in florida. the e-mails which turned out to have win sent by paula broadwell accuse jill kelly of touching this general underneath a table. so,kelly contacted a friend, fbi agent. yet to be identified. but we will call him fox. so she contacts fox. who is with the fbi fox refers the threatening e-mails to the fbi cybercrime unit which opens an investigation. during the investigation, the fbi also uncovered what they call inappropriate communication between this man. another general, general allen. and jill kelly, the woman, who actually started the investigation. is now being investigated herself. and to make things even weirder, the unidentified fbi agent that she contacted in the first place was barred from this case because he reportedly sent jill kelly shirtless photographs of himself. and the fbi was concerned he had become obsessed with jill kelly, not u
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Nov 14, 2012 11:00pm EST
in the fbi. probably to be expected. there is a lot riding on what her statement is going to be. >> paula broadwell held a high security clearance. that has been suspended pending outcome of the investigation. >> we have learned through a federal law enforcement official send e-la broadwell to other senior military officials besides general petraeus. these e-mails are characterized as an attempt to undermine the kelley.on of a jail -- jill kelley. ispresident obama said he he and congress together and reach a deal. he believest said the wealthy should pay more and says the american people believe him as well. house speaker john boehner said do want togop with the president, but they do not want to raise taxes. the two sides cannot come up deal, spending cuts and taxes kick in automatically january 1. one of the nation's most is castingusinessmen forecast. warren buffett says there will recession if spending cuts and higher taxes becomes the law. calling on house make a dealto happen. if 25 republicans decide to pushed the country above party and sign up for something that we do not need t
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Nov 15, 2012 2:35am EST
hearing will not deal with his extramarital affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. >>> the fbi is investigating whether broadwell violated the law for storing military documents including classified material on her computer. the army has suspended her security clearance and jill kelley the other woman who triggered the investigation into broadwell has been stripped of a special access pass to macdill air force base in tampa. >> the plot thickens. wow. >> where is the flow chart? >> woo, getting tough to follow. really tough to follow. trying to sort it out. for the first time since his concession speech, mitt romney is speaking out abut his election day defeat and does sound a little bitter. >> the wound i think are still a little raw. during a conference call wit his top donors, romney said president obama won re-election because of quote, gifts to black, hispanic and young voters. so-called gifts include obamacare, the dream act, contraception for women and break on college loans. >> what the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coaliti
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Nov 12, 2012 7:00am EST
to resign after the fbi discovered his affair with paula broadwell. lots of questions of what the fbi did with the information. >>> and we have a major medical headline this morning. could there be a connection between getting the flu or fever during pregnancy and the chances of getting autism. dr. besser is here to break down the new study for us. >>> and justin bieber and selena gomez reportedly have split. we have the new details over the weekend on what could have led to the couple's parting ways. >>> let's get to the latest shocking news that ended the career of cia's david petraeus. martha raddatz has covered the four-star general for years. good morning, martha. >> good morning, george. this morning, we know that the woman at the heart of the investigation that led to petraeus a downfall who is a family who who his lover apparently felt threatened by. >> reporter: the affair woo never have come to light if not for this woman, her name is jill kelley, seen leaving her tampa bay home sunday evening. she and her husband are long time supporters of the military. officials say kelley is
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Nov 12, 2012 5:00am EST
reportedly with his biographer paula broadwell. new information shows the f.b.i. had been looking into broadwell for allegedly sending threatening e-mails to a family friend of patraeus. >> the initial complaint was harassment. it could have gone to e-mail hacking but there was no substantive information that this had anything to do with national security. >> it wasn't until last week the white house was made aware of the situation. some lawmakers say they should have known about the probe. >> it doesn't add up that the f.b.i. would be carrying on this type of investigation without bringing it to the president or highest levels of the white house. >> the senate intelligence committee chairwoman says she plans to investigate the f.b.i. >> this is something that could have had a effect on national security i think we should have been told. >> this comes at the same time that those meetings had been scheduled on capitol to ask questions about the attack in libya. we understand now that the acting director of the c.i.a. will testify instead of patraeus. >> sc
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Nov 11, 2012 6:00pm EST
holly, and a few seats away to the right, the other woman at the center of all of this, paula broadwell. abc's martha raddatz with more on a third woman who alerted authorities, the red flag that set this into motion. >> reporter: dave petraeus' secret affair may never have been discovered if not for the threatening e-mails his lover sent to jill kelly, wife of a tampa surgeon, a long supporter of the military. officials say she was not romantically involved with petraeus, but was a family friend of petraeus and his wife. officials say the anonymous e-mails to kelly were so disturbing and obsessive, she called the authorities. they traced them to paula broadwell's computer. where, eventually, evidence of an affair between the cia director and broadwell was discovered. petraeus' is claiming the affair with broadwell did not begin until after he retired from the military in august 2011. it was a week later he became cia director. friends say the affair ended four months ago, about the time jill kelly received the e-mails. friends say it was petraeus who ended the relationship. broadwell h
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Nov 12, 2012 6:00am EST
last week after saying he had an affair, reportedly with his biographer paula broadwell. according to sources new information shows the fbi had been looking into broadwell for allegedly sending threatening e- mails to a family friend the petreaus. >> the and assault -- initial complaint was harassment that possibly could of gone to email hacking but there was no substitute information that this had anything to do with national security. it wasn't until last week the white house was made aware of the situation. some lawmakers say they should have known about the program. >> it just does not add up -- that the fbi would be carrying on this kind of investigation without bringing it to the president of the highest levels of the white house. >> senate intelligence committee chairwoman dianne feinstein says she plans to investigate the fbi. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> sources are saying the white house did not know about all of this until last week. of course, this coming this week as the meetings are set t
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Nov 14, 2012 5:00am EST
and drinking at her mother's home, a first look at paula broadwell who had allegedly an affair with david petraeus. we are hearing from another woman. and a 911 call obtain from abc news. jill kelley session the diplomatic protection because she was honorary council to south korea, an unofficial position according to the state department. >> i have and volatility. so they should not be able to cross my property. i do not know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but that's against the law. >> ventura thousands of e-mails. describe as flirtatious between jill kelley and john allen. missed all of this alan's will promotion has been put on hold. across the president thinks very high of general john allen and things very height of the job he has done in afghanistan. >> now john allen denies any wrongdoing. leon panetta says the people should not come to any conclusions that there was any misconduct or any wrongdoing. meanwhile, we understand at the confirmation on capitol hill for his possible successor if he is promoted will go ahead on thursday. reporting live, brianne
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Nov 15, 2012 6:30pm EST
: in addition to the book and the sex, paula broadwell's relationship with general david petraeus provided another benefit. a celebrity status in military circles that led to a role as an expert commentator and firing range demonstrator in an infomercial for a company trying to gain military contracts for this strange looking machine gun. >> on the individual fighter reducing weight is critical. >> reporter: on the tape, shot last december in the midst of her affair with the four-star general, broadwell is identified as the author of the petraeus biography. officials at the company, located in virginia beach, said broadwell has no official affiliation with them, but would not answer abc news questions about why they chose to use her as a spokesperson. but watchdog groups say the use of broadwell was a brilliant move. >> people did not have to know she was his mistress. they knew he was friends with her. anyone in the agency would know this is someone petraeus is going to be favorable towards. >> reporter: and broadwell is not the only woman that seems to try to benefit from her ties to pet
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Nov 9, 2012 11:35pm EST
investigation into the activities of petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell. the bureau had become concerned with what they called strange activity on the internet by broadwell and that she had also possibly sent e-mails about petraeus to others. >> obviously they trusted me, so, i was able to get a lot of great access. >> reporter: earlier this year, broadwell talked on c-span about her professional relationship with petraeus. >> he put duty in our country and service to the nation above his family. so, i almost consider that a strength and a weakness, you know, as a working mother and wife, my husband works really hard, too, and it's hard to find balance. >> reporter: today, in a statement, the president praised petraeus' dedication and patriotism and said his thoughts and prayers are with dave and holly petraeus. >> he has spent a lot of time away from home and family under a great deal of stress and, you know, if this shows anything, it shows that david petraeus, after all, is human. >> reporter: petraeus was, in many respects, the public face of the wars. the highly decorated general, o
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Nov 12, 2012 4:30am EST
that it had anything to do with national security. >> but those e-mails were linked back to paula broadwell who had access to patraeus as his official biographer. broadwell lives in charlotte with her husband and two kids. she is an avid run were and says they bonded over their shared mental and physical discipline on her trips to afghanistan to interview him. >> it was an opportunity to interview him on a run and i thought i would test him but he was going to test me. >> despite the time they spent together patraeus is claiming the affair didn't begin in afghanistan but after he retired from the military in august of 2011. one week later he became director of the c.i.a. meaning he carried on the affair during most of the tenure at c.i.a. friends say he ended it four months ago about the same time kelley received the threatening e-mails. the white house was not made aware of the situation untilest la week. thursday he met with the president and offered his resignation. >> it doesn't add up that the f.b.u. would carry on this investigation without bringing it to the
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Nov 13, 2012 11:35pm EST
with military brass in tampa. she called the fbi, which traced those e-mails back to the computer of paula broadwell, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with petraeus. broadwell seen at her brother's home in washington sipping wine and having dinner has the admitted her affair with petraeus but has not commented on e-mails she allegedly sent to the other woman, jill kelly. there is more, abc news learned that general allen received an anonymous e-mail traced to broadwell, claiming jill kelly was a seductress. a further look, 20,000,0 to 30,0 pages of communication. secretary of defense leon panetta put general allen's promotion to supreme commander on hold and ordered an investigation. >> to date secretary directed the matter -- >> reporter: jill kelly spent the day at her home in tampa not answering questions. in the background, a tell vgs could be seen with coverage of the peyton place like military scandal that focus add tension on who she is and how she ended up in the middle of it all. the license plate on kelly's mercedes-benz, shows she is honorary counsel for
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Nov 14, 2012 11:35pm EST
got some harassing e-mails. meanwhile, in washington, paula broadwell, petraeus' former mistress, who allegedly sent the e-mails to kelley, remained in hiding at her brother's home. today, the fbi said she illegally had classified material at her home in north carolina, though no charges have been filed. jill kelley also remains at her home in tampa. her access to centcom revoked. this afternoon at the white house, president obama finally weighed in on this scandal, declared that no breach of national security occurred and spoke with sadness of the fall of david petraeus. >> general petraeus had an extraordinary career. he served this country with great distinction and my main hope right now is that he and his family are able to move on and that this ends up being a single side note on what has otherwise been an extraordinary career. >> reporter: but the real takeaway from the white house today? there's nothing like a re-election to give the president a jolt of confidence. >> i've got a mandate to help middle class families and families that are working hard to try to get in the middl
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Nov 12, 2012 6:00pm EST
head out of office. of congress will be asking pointed questions about with hisraeus's affair broadwell.paula >> another big day of developments on this. the intelligence committees as they will hold an about what members about the affair they say it could have led a breach of national security through blackmail or espionage. this is exactly the kind of get top that will billing among many. >> controversy tonight on capitol hill. who knew what and when in the affair of david petraeus and his broadwel? paula >> it started about two months office says the cia and it ended about four ago.s corrective it happened while in uniform, he could still be prosecuted. further, did he share classified and permission with him? this summer, she talked of our routine access. had the opportunity to sit classified chatter of terrorist talk. jill kelley prompted the entire investigation this summer. s ago, a source tipped cantor. should others have known, such as the president or intelligence committees? told until after election day. >> it's mysterious. have insight into it. onof this is their effect a think w
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of all of this. instead the former cia director is under scrutiny over his affair with paula broadwell. >> petraeus claims their relationship began after his military career. if that turns out not to be true, he could face prosecution for adultery. and there are new concerns that broadwell may have had access to top secret information. >> national security, kind of the issue here. with more on the e-mail trail here is abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, jill kelly kidded those harassing e-mails a threat not only to herself but petraeus. after the fbi was contacted, and an investigation uncovered a sordid affair between petraeus and broadwell. there were early concerned that the cia director's secure government e-mails could have been hacked. the probe never turned up evidence of national security being compromised what it did find as one source put it lots of human drama. key members of congress want to know why they weren't told. >> we received no advance notice t it was like a lightning bolt. >> reporter: top in,000 tell jens officials were not informed until ele
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the fbi, who, then, according to our sources, traced it back to paula broadwell, who wrote a book about petraeus. as the fbi continued to investigate, they discovered e-mails pointing to a romantic, sexual relationship between the two. early concerns about the e-mails being hacked. but the investigation never turned up evidence of national security being compromised. but what did find was lots of human drama. >> what more do they have to investigate now and why wasn't the white house told until this week? >> the fbi investigation is largely done and the early evidence is that there will not be criminal charges. again, sources say that this deinvolved into a personal matter. petraeus had been confronted in the last couple of weeks, as for the timing of the disclosure, one official said that's just how it played out. george? >> all right, pierre. >>> let's turn to saxby chambliss and patty murray. thank you for joining us. senator chambliss, when did you first find out about this investigation of general petraeus and what were you told? >> well, i was not told about it until friday. you k
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story ever? >> jimmy: it's no the greatest. but right up there. >> pretty amazing. paula broadwell is the biographer and then becomes his mistress. you know, and i now think of paula broadwell, some people are born great and other people have greatness thrust into them. and i think -- [ laughter ] i think -- thank you very much! don't leave me hanging. don't leave me hanging. >> jimmy: you have generals in canada? how does it work over there? >> yes, we do. we have generals. >> jimmy: what goes on? >> listen. we are a proud -- you know, we're the, canadians are the aliens you don't deport. it's just -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i'm pretty sure they deport us. and you have a political system? there are -- >> yes, we have a political system. >> jimmy: do the moose choose the candidates? >> you know what it is? it's a drunken game of darts. whoever wins becomes the king. >> jimmy: i like that. >> you got a bulls eye, you are king for the next ten years, eh? good on you. >> jimmy: the king -- actually, the queen of england is also the queen of canada. >> that's true. >> jimmy: she doesn't
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chose to resign now. officials tell abc news, the fbi was investigates petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell, for strange activity on the internet and then some e-mails were discovered in the course of that investigation that raised concern. diane? >> martha raddatz reporting in. and now we go to abc's white house correspondent jake tapper here to tell us what the white house is saying tonight. jake? >> reporter: well, diane, senior white house officials tell us the overwhelming emotion here is surprise and, of course, sorrow, for a colleague and his family. white house officials were told about this on wednesday, the day after president obama was re-elected. they were told by the director of national intelligence, james clapper. on thursday, president obama was informed about this situation. the entire situation, the fbi investigation, as well as the affair. general petraeus called the national security adviser, said he wanted to talk to the president. at that meeting yesterday, he offered to resign. president obama thought about it and today called petraeus and accepted that resi
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Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
evident by the search of paula broadwell's house overnight. people arewe will talk about that. there's still plenty of chatter on capitol hill about the timing of this and how it could affect the hearings on the attacks in libya. >> a lot to cover. we will have much more on the scandal at 5:30. we will take a look at how these personal allegations are even more serious because of the military backgrounds. coming up, the bowie state murder trial. >> of very strange case, he created the internet security system. but now he is on the run. >> what you need to know before you pack up and head out the door to travel for the thanksgiving holiday. >> no one can give for what i am giving her. >> the big changes coming to is a maryland hospitals that could >> is no secret that breast feeding is good for newborns, but not every mother chooses to go there. >> there is a push in maryland hospitals to get more mothers to breast feed. >> right now, more than 75% of mothers breast speedball there still hospital. but they do not stick with it. that rate plummets to 25%. she was -- he was just born ye
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what the president had to say. >> officials have announced that the security clearance for paula broadwell has been revoked. this is his first press conference since being reelected. president obama was asked about the petraeus scandal. the president praised general petraeus for service to his country and deflected criticism he was not notified of this scandal and election day. >> i have no evidence that -- at this point from what i have seen that classified information was disclosed. it is possible that had we been told you'd be sitting here asking a question about why were you interfering in a criminal investigation? >> leanne panetta defended john allen. >> he has my continued confidence. >> the two women in the spotlight have not spoken. jill kelly comes under increasing scrutiny. her gerrie>> i am an honorary consul general so i have and vulnerability. they should not be able to cross this property. i do not know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> korean officials gave her the purely honorary title. the air force base reports they are provoking he
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mention general petraeus, engulfed in that scandal. we have a new picture tonight of paula broadwell. his biographer, standing in front of the window with cameras parked outside. it was at her brother's home in washington, d.c. and abc news has learned she is being investigated for storing classified documents on her computer and in her home. and just tonight, the army has suspended her security clearance. >>> and now, we move onto presidential candidate mitt romney, reveefling how he feels about the obama voters and the obama victory. he was talking to his big donors today and abc's david muir is here with what he said. >> reporter: this argument began, diane, in the hours after the loss, he started offering reasons for his loss the very next morning, arking america is becoming an entitled society. but today, in a recorded call, he said, giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with. mitt romney leaving his hotel the day after the election, next to the convention center where he hoped to deliver the one speech he'd written, his victory speech. but now, in the week since the elec
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dill air force base in tampa. and paula broadwell is under investigation for storing military documents, on her computer. and for the first time president obama has weighed in on this mess. preeti arla has the latest. >> reporter: president obama walked into the east room of the white house for his first postelection news conference, tackling the major issues the administration will face in the weeks ahead. >> i'm open to compromise. and i'm open to new ideas. >> reporter: the president meets with congressional leaders tomorrow. both sides are expected to stake out their positions on the looming fiscal cliff, which will see tax encreases and budget cuts go into effect if there's no budget deal by year end. while both sides talk about compromise, president obama says any deal must not extend tax cuts for the wealthy. >> when it comes to the top 2%, what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it, which would cost close to $1 trillion. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner made it clear, wealthiest americans should not see their taxes go up. >> i
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Nov 15, 2012 7:00am EST
house about petraeus' affair with his biographer, paula broadwell, until the day after the election, even though agents knew about it a month earlier. fbi director, robert muller, went to capitol hill wednesday, to defend the bureau's handling of the case. at the same time, the president saying he has full confidence in the fbi but is waiting for a full explanation. >> i am withholding judgment. >> reporter: even as fbi agents continue to investigate the classified documents found in the computer of petraeus' mistremi mistre mistress, the president said he had no evidence of a security lapse. >> i have no evidence, that i have seen. >> reporter: but the department of defense has revoked the security clearance held by paul dark last night. >> sir, abc news? >> reporter: adding another bit of spice to the soap opera in tampa, reports that humphries sent a pic of himself shirtless to jill kelley. attorney said it was a joke between friends. he was pretending to be a fourth dummy, his lawyer says. and that he had no romantic connection with jill kelley, george. >>> let's get from abc's
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between petreaus and author paula broadwell. broadwell's security clearance was suspended while the fbi investigate whether the affair jeopardize the national security. lawmakers in both the house and the senate trying to get to the bottom of the deadly attack against the u.s. consulate in libya. among the nation's top official set to testify on the terror attacks in the gaza. brianne carter h more on these closed-door hearings. >> there has been a lot of questions for the past couple of months since the attack happened about exactly what led up to this and what officials live. one person they were really hoping to hear from his now former cia director david petreaus. they say he is key to getting all the answers. we know now he will testify. the answers they hope to get over the next two days. >> the deadly september 11 attacks in benghazi, libya, will be front and center on capitol hill today. in a closed-door hearing this afternoon lawmakers are expected to grill intelligence leader --t killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. the now former cia director david petre
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the e-mails back to this writer, paula broadwell, and then they went through her e-mails and found evidence of the affair and this thing -- better than "homeland" even. the investigation is still going on. but already the tv specials about it are starting to hit the air. >> the cia rocked by scandal. its leader accused of sexual misconduct. threatening e-mails from the lover to another woman. a faithful wife scorned. is america's security at risk? find out tuesday on the next "jerry spring er." >> oh. >> jerry springer cia smackdown, 11 a.m. on pix new york. ♪ >> jimmy: i will be watching. i don't know about you. [ applause ] by the way -- i want to alert you that national unfriend day or nud for short is right around the corner. i started it just shy of three years ago this. is the day on which we encourage those who use facebook to unfriend anyone who is not actually your friend. most people have hundreds or thousands of friends but the fact is most of those people aren't your friends and national unfriend day is this saturday, november 17th. if you participate, i'll tell you w
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